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Eight Examples of Income Exclusion

Gross income minus any deductions is defined as taxable income according to the IRS. Gross income is determined to be “all income from whatever source derived” according to federal law. That covers a large portion of income, including not just earned income such as your salary, but investment income and other unearned income. If you […]

If you own your own home and have a mortgage, you likely received a document at tax time from your lender. Known as the Form 1098, it totals the amount of interest you paid during the last tax year on your mortgage. The IRS must receive a copy of this form from your lender per […]

Paying for college is rough, especially if you’ve resorted to student loans to cover the cost of your education. It’s not all bad though, as you can deduct up to $2,500 in student loan interest at tax time. The deduction is phased out once you gross a specific annual income, though it may not matter […]

Interest is usually charged on money you borrowed. There are certain situations where interest can be claimed either as a deduction or a credit. In order to deduct interest, you have to make sure it qualifies and see how you should deduct it. Interest that you have prepaid need to be deducted throughout the tax […]

Mortgage points refer to certain fees or costs you’ve paid in order to get a home mortgage. Basically, points are a type of interest that you’ve prepaid, and may be deductible as interest if you chose to itemize your deductions when filing your tax return. If you are able to deduct all of the interest […]

There are two methods you can use to deduct expenses at tax time: you can either itemize or utilize the standard deduction. Deductions decrease your taxable income, lowering your tax threshold. The standard deduction amount is different depending on factors such as filing status, taxpayer age, and income levels, and is revised annually. There are […]

Any interest paid to you or credited to an account is considered taxable income when you can withdraw the amount without facing any penalties. It becomes taxable the year in which it is available to you. Sometimes, interest you receive may be considered tax-exempt. You’ll receive a Form 1099-INT or Form 1099-OID if you have […]

What are Itemized Deductions?

Chosing to itemize your deductions at tax time can prove beneficial in many ways. When you itemize, you list all of your expenses and amounts paid on Schedule A of Form 1040 when you file your tax return. These expenses can range from medical or dental care and state or local income tax, to mortgage […]

Deductible Interest

When you complete Schedule A for your federal tax return, you are able to deduct any home mortgage interest in two categories: Loan interest for monies used to significantly improve a primary or secondary residence, which is backed by the property. The loan must not exceed $1,000,000. Loan interest that is secured by your home, […]

Itemized Deduction Limits

Some itemized deductions have different amount limitations, depending on the type of deduction. Generally, the limits are figured on a scale based off a percentage of the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income (AGI). In order to determine what you can deduct, you will have to subtract the corresponding percentage of your AGI from the total amount […]